Davia Franklyn is the Senior Director of Partnerships for the Bank Street Education Center (BSEC), in her role she supports district-wide initiatives in examining their vision and change management structures to offer intentional professional development to improve instructional practices in early childhood settings. Davia formerly co-led Bank Street College’s Pre-K for All partnership with the NYC Department of Early Childhood.
Franklyn attended Bank Street College as a Dewitt Wallace Scholar, and her career began as a third grade teacher in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Franklyn’s 20-year career has centered on the critical work of building quality learning environments in under-resourced communities and coordinating professional development programs for teachers, community based organization leaders and community college faculty.
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Allyx has 28 years of experience in early childhood development and elementary education – as a teacher and administrator in CT and NY. She holds dual Masters’ degrees from Bank Street College of Education in Early Child Development and Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s degree from Union College. A third-generation New Haven native and long-time resident of Fair Haven, Allyx maintains ownership in a New Haven real estate development corporation which she managed from 1998-2009.
Allyx has served as Program Coordinator for New Haven-based Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES); Early Childhood Classroom Observer for Southern Connecticut State University; and Budget Coordinator for the New Haven Board of Education facilitating a $2 million grant. Allyx has taught in NYC, New Haven and Greenwich in several elementary schools and pre-school settings, directed summer camps and written and supervised curriculums at elementary, middle and high school levels with an emphasis on literacy, math, science, and multidisciplinary studies.
Allyx is a founder of the New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District (NH ChILD). NH ChILD is a coalition of local and national early childhood proponents that have come together to create a place-based pilot program in New Haven. NH ChILD proposes to revolutionize the early care and education landscape by bringing the community together around a common vision of Ideal Learning with a focus on equity. The goal of NH ChILD is to provide high-quality early care and education experiences for all 15,000 New Haven children ages zero to eight.
She currently serves as an advisory member of the University of New Haven’s Nonprofit Certificate in Leadership, Innovation and Organizational Sustainability and on the Mayoral Appointed New Haven Early Childhood Council. She is a 2019 recipient of the Southern Black Nurses Association Community Service Award and the 2019 Amity Club Distinguished Italian-American Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also Exchange Magazine’s Master Leader award and the recipient of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Marvin Maurer Spotlight Award. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is a former; board member for Connecticut Voices for Children; appointee to the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Reading; and leader of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Community Leadership Program. She is the mother of two fantastic teenaged children and has a lovely black dog named Blue.
In her role as Associate Vice President of Strategy and New Program Design for Bank Street college, Emily collaborates with divisions across the college to spur innovation and create new partnerships that expand Bank Street’s public impact and commitment to equity. Recently new partnerships include early childhood policy and programs, blended in-service professional learning, and alternative pathways to certification. Emily has spent the majority of her career working in urban education management and public school reform, including close to 10 years at the New York City Department of Education. As a Network Leader in New York City, Emily oversaw the leadership, instructional, and operational supports provided to more than 25 schools spanning K-12. She also served in different district-level policy, strategic planning, and management roles overseeing a variety of district reform efforts for the city. Emily has also worked as an instructional coach in early childhood settings. Additionally, Emily served as a school designer supporting curriculum, instruction, and leadership development in NYC Outward Bound Expeditionary Learning schools. Previously, she held different roles in the philanthropy, nonprofit management, and community development sectors. Emily holds an MPA from Columbia University’s School for International & Public Affairs and a BA from Wesleyan University.
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